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Making of the Modern World (HI153)

Women Soldiers in Spanish Civil War Fighting the Falangists (wikipedia)'Making of the Modern World' is the first-year core module for all full-time History single honours and joint degree students. It may also be taken as an option by part-time students, visiting students, and students from other departments. In addition to the standard timetable, the module is also offered every few years as an evening option for part-time Historical Studies students. The module is normally only available as a 30 CAT version.

The content is delivered in weekly lectures (on Mondays, 1-2pm, L3 in the spring term) and weekly seminars. This module also offers students a year-long series of weekly video lectures and occasional workshops. These are designed to alert students to key skills necessary to master in order to get the best out of their degree.

All information for HI153 students is on the HI153 Moodle SpaceLink opens in a new window (NB students have access only once registered for HI153 on eVision)

The module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a world-wide scale. The module moves away from a Eurocentric and narrative focus and provides more scope for historical approaches based on, among other things, culture, identity, and power. Topics we will explore correspond also with the particular research strengths of Warwick historians, whether this is sexuality, nationalism, the Holocaust, slavery, decolonization, or most recently, the Russian attack on Ukraine. MMW will allow you to understand and engage with the increasingly difficult world we live in.

In 2022-23, the module is taught through the following structure:

  1. Anna Hájková, What is modern history?


  1. Camillia Cowling, Race


  1. Lydia Plath, Slavery


  1. Charles Walton, Enlightenment


  1. Charles Walton, French Revolution


  1. reading week


  1. Tom Simpson, Capitalism


  1. Vic Clarke, Industrial Revolution


  1. Pierre Purseigle, Making of Modern Warfare


  1. Mathew Thomson, Epidemics


  1. Laura Schwartz, Gender and Feminism


  1. Christoph Mick, Nationalism


  1. Colin Storer, Fascism


  1. Anna Hájková, Holocaust


  1. Anna Hájková, Sexuality


  1. reading week


  1. Simon Peplow, Welfare state


  1. Daniel Branch, Decolonization


  1. Claire Shaw, The Second World


  1. Christoph Mick, Making of Eastern Europe and Russian attack on Ukraine
  2. Revisions (one lecture but two seminars)

Module Convenor: Dr Anna HájkováLink opens in a new window